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Engine cutoff switch

I also hate using the "kill switch".

But, when I taught the MSF course we had to call it the "engine cutoff switch".
@#% lawyers!

Anyway the rational for using the engine cutoff switch was, in an emergency, or a tip over, you would instinctively hit the cutoff switch instead of the key switch. Save your engine etc....

If a real emergency happened to me the last thing I would be worried about is the bike! My concerns would be, in the following order.

1. Did any of my buddies see that?
2. Is my arse still attached, do I have all my appendages?
3. Am I drawn to any bright lights?
4. What's that loud noise? (the bike running wild in background)
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6. Where's that damn kill switch? (I mean engine cutoff switch)

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the over balance switch will shut it off if the bike lays down, no need for the manual off switch.



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the over balance switch will shut it off if the bike lays down, no need for the manual off switch.
Not every bike has one. I ride some old bikes too.


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I think we ALL have done that at LEAST once!!

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I have ridden since the Mid 1970's and I can't recall a single time I needed the Kill Switch. IMO they could be discontinued and no one would miss them, in fact some folks would be glad to see them go.

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Happened to me this past weekend in the grocery store parking lot. Was about to call my wife for a rescue when I noticed the kill switch. Pretty sure somebody was fooling with the switches while I was inside as I, like others have said, never use it myself. I always use the side stand as an engine stop, then turn off the key. That way I don't take my hands off of the grips until the bike is resting on the side stand.

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I use the stop switch regularly and it's near second nature to check it at start time. Usually though, as soon as bike is stopped, engine dead, and just before hopping off, I'll flip it back to on position. Just old habit on the wing.

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We babysit our 3-year-old grandson 3 days a week, and whenever he gets out into the garage he climbs all over the bike - switching every switch he can. I've learned to do a full pre-flight inspection every time I start the bike. You only have to be awakened by a full-volume radio once to start doing a pre-flight!!
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Back in my early riding days I bumped that dang switch a few times so I've learned to check it any time the bike won't start right away.

I learned to carry an extra set of keys also, for the bike and the truck.
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On the 1800 if you leave the back up switch pressed in, then try to start, no go. Dont ask how I know.
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